5 NFL Teams That Will Rebound From Underachieving Years in 2014

5 NFL Teams That Will Rebound From Underachieving Years in 2014

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In the NFL, it's not uncommon to see teams that struggled in one season make a quick turnaround the following year. Here is a look at five franchises that underachieved in 2013 but could be primed to rebound in the upcoming campaign.

5. Detroit Lions

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5. Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions looked like a lock to win the NFC North when they jumped out to a 6-3 record in 2013. But to the surprise of many, the team went into a tail spin and dropped six of its last seven games. The free fall cost head coach Jim Schwartz his job, but the franchise made a good hire to bring in the steady hand of Jim Caldwell. There is enough talent on the roster to think the Lions can get to 10 wins in 2014.

4. Baltimore Ravens

JOHN HARBAUGH
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4. Baltimore Ravens

JOHN HARBAUGH
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After winning the Super Bowl in 2012, the Baltimore Ravens fell to 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. A large reason for the drop off was due to issues on offense. The team responded by adding veterans Steve Smith and Owen Daniels this offseason, which will help give Joe Flacco more options in the passing game. The result should be another trip to the playoffs for a steady Ravens franchise.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

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3. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers
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While they finished the season strong, the Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to overcome their 2-6 start. After going 12-4 in 2010 and 2011, the Steelers have fallen to 8-8 in each of the past two years. Pittsburgh has too good of a coach in Mike Tomlin and too good of a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger to falter for a third straight season. Look for them to build off of last year's late season momentum.

2. Houston Texans

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2. Houston Texans

JJ Watt
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After winning their first two games to open 2013, the Houston Texans imploded, going 0-14 the rest of the way. The air was taken out of the team by injuries and bad quarterback play, but there is too much talent on both sides of the ball for them not to come back strong in 2014. Look for new head coach Bill O'Brien to get the Texans moving back in the right direction quickly.

1. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones Roddy White
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1. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones Roddy White
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The Atlanta Falcons went from the No. 1 seed in the NFC in 2012 to a paltry 4-12 in 2013. The offense, which is built around their receiving corps, struggled as injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White kept them grounded. With a healthy roster again in 2014, the Falcons could once again be a team that can challenge for the Super Bowl in the NFC.


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